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70.264 (BF1940)

Satin Beauty   

Deileptenia ribeata
Adult: 2
Resident, scarce, local. Widespread but thinly distributed throughout Britain, Expanding in Scotland.


The broad rounded forewing with a silky sheen across the wings help to distinguish it from the similar Mottled Beauty.

Recording method

Comes to light especially in dense conifers.

Life cycle

One generation. Overwinters as a small larva. Pupates in loose earth.

Larval foodplants

Larvae feed on various conifers; possibly also on some broadleaved trees.


Conifer plantations and other woodlands.


First recorded for Dumfries and Galloway in 1946 for VC72 at Lochar Moss by an unknown recorder, in 1961 for VC73 in Glentrool Forest by Shaw and not until 1997 for VC74 by Davis.

Probably under recorded or misidentified. Care needed with the Beauties.

60 record(s) from 15 hectad(s) in D&G

VC74 VC73 VC72
Last recorded 1997 2022 2020

 UK Moths website - further information on species (with photos)

 East Scotland Butterfly Conservation website - national distribution maps and phenology

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